Lavelle White

Austin Music Calendar - Blues with Miss Lavelle White at Skylark Lounge Austin
February 3, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

About Lavelle White

Lavelle White has toured across the United States, and shared musical stages with many performers including Bobby Bland, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Junior Parker, Aretha Franklin, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Buddy Guy and Jerry Butler. White was voted Houston’s Blues Artist Of The Year, has been nominated several times for a Blues Music Award,and in 2006 was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

At the age of 15 Lavelle White started to perform in Houston’s’s blues clubs with the guitarist Clarence Hollimon. Her break came when Johnny Copeland recommended her to Don Robey, the owner of the Duke and Peacock record labels.She was then billed as ‘Miss La-Vell’. White recorded fourteen tracks, released as a number of singles on Duke, between 1958 and 1964. These included “If I Could Be with You,” “Just Look at You Fool,” “Stop These Teardrops,” and “The Tide of Love.” Several of her songs were self penned, a process of writing that has lasted most of her lifetime. Under the pseudonym of Deadric Malone, White also wrote Bobby Bland’s “Lead Me On”, which was a hit in 1960. She appeared in local revues up to the late 1960s. White moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1978, where she appeared at various clubs and worked with Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks and Buddy Guy, before returning to Houston eight years later.

Her debut album was not released until 1994, when Miss Lavelle was issued on the Antone’s label. It was her first recording for almost 30 years. White appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival in 1995. She has also performed at the Houston International Festival. Her second album was It Haven’t Been Easy (1997). Both albums featured guitar work from her former performing colleague, Clarence Hollimon. The same year, White appeared with Delbert McClinton on the television program, Austin City Limits. Her third album, Into the Mystic, was released in 2003.